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Royce McCutcheon
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(07-10-2017, 02:16 PM)
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From the mom beats FF15 thread someone said that 15 was quite the game to start someone on, and that statement was odd to me. Are games more complex now that a new gamer could not adjust to new games as well as old school titles? I don't think so, gamers get their hands held to inifity now and there are plenty of titles that could be used to get someone into gaming without it being too difficult. While a technicality, I would have my mom play Bioshock remastered. My 9 year old cousin made it through that game almost completely melee, so I don't think my mom would have any difficulties.
Greddleok
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(07-10-2017, 02:17 PM)
My girlfriend fell in love with DA:Inquisition.

Easy mechanics.
Simple, if not particularly good story.
Decent looking.

It built up her chops with using a controller, and now she can play pretty much anything, she even finished Bayonetta.
LinkSlayer64
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(07-10-2017, 02:19 PM)
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Minecraft.

Originally Posted by Greddleok

My girlfriend fell in love with DA:Inquisition.

Easy mechanics.
Simple, if not particularly good story.
Decent looking.

It built up her chops with using a controller, and now she can play pretty much anything, she even finished Bayonetta.

DA:I was your GF's first ever video game?

Edit: OP, I'd recommend Diablo III
uceenk
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(07-10-2017, 02:21 PM)
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overwatch

because it's insanely fun even though you don't have good aiming skills
Auctopus
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(07-10-2017, 02:22 PM)
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Probably The Witness, depending on the person.

- Looks very pretty.
- Introduces the player to twin stick controls but the game is a slow enough pace that they can adapt in their own time.
- Makes the player feel increasingly smart as they progress.
Skilletor
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(07-10-2017, 02:23 PM)
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Horizon

Amazing graphics, great gameplay, and robot dinosaur-ish things. What's not to love?
purseowner
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(07-10-2017, 02:23 PM)
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Inside
KiNolin
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(07-10-2017, 02:23 PM)
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Ocarina of Time 3D.
TheBigG753
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(07-10-2017, 02:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by Auctopus

Probably The Witness, depending on the person.

- Looks very pretty.
- Introduces the player to twin stick controls but the game is a slow enough pace that they can adapt in their own time.
- Makes the player feel increasingly smart as they progress.

This is what I came to post. I have friends who bounce off of nearly every modern AAA game that I rave about, but everyone I've recommended The Witness to has stuck with it all the way to the end.
Toni
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(07-10-2017, 02:24 PM)
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Horizon, my friend.

The initial impression will be overly positive. And everything will seem like a downgrade after that.
Ravelle
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(07-10-2017, 02:26 PM)
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Games nowadays are pretty complex both in controls and gameplay mechanics and are all new concepts that are super confusing and overwhelming to the 50+ demographic or at least my parents that grew up with Point and Click Adventures. It's all too fast for them.

They can't handle the ASDW controls plus move movement, my dad played Call of Duty a couple of years and he had trouble moving around since strafing was not something he is known to when it comes naturally to us.

I introduced my mom to The Witness but she hates she hates to use the keyboard for it since her hands aren't what they used to be.
Royce McCutcheon
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(07-10-2017, 02:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by uceenk

overwatch

because it's insanely fun even though you don't have good aiming skills

That's a damn good one, it got one of my friends who despise FPS into them. He can't aim for shit, but his Winston is master level.
JayhawkerStL
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(07-10-2017, 02:28 PM)
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Zelda: BotW.

Best current example of what video games can be.
Caayn
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(07-10-2017, 02:28 PM)
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Outside of browser and Wii (sports) party games my girlfriend never played games before I introduced her to Mario Kart and Minecraft. It was hard at first as she had trouble using both analog sticks and buttons at the same time, it also took her a while before she could use a controller without needing to look at each button. (Although she still looks at the buttons and their placement before she plays)
Mifec
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(07-10-2017, 02:29 PM)
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BOTW deffo, I'd say Witcher 3 but that might be too much for someone starting out.

Deffo not FF15, too medicore.
xrnzaaas
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(07-10-2017, 02:30 PM)
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Male - Driveclub
Female - Life is Strange
2blackcats
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(07-10-2017, 02:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by xrnzaaas

Male - Driveclub
Female - Life is Strange

Ha, came to say this. (well, without the gender part)
Aurongel
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(07-10-2017, 02:31 PM)
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Inside or the Witness. I think a lot of us underestimate the steep learning curve required to master modern controls and open world systems that we take for granted. Even games like Horizon rely on players having a lot of external knowledge about game systems and how they feed into one another. I find that's what people struggle with the most.
GeordieMark
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(07-10-2017, 02:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by JayhawkerStL

Zelda: BotW.

Best current example of what video games can be.

Yeah. Its super easy to pick up and play, but there is also a lot of depth to the gameplay systems. The art style makes it accessible and friendly to all ages too.
Tinman dX
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(07-10-2017, 02:32 PM)
Sunset Overdrive, great movement mechanics, fun to play, open world, funny to die in.
Tommi84
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(07-10-2017, 02:33 PM)
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CTRL+F, Knack. 'Phrase not found'

I'm disappointed, GAF.
xrnzaaas
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(07-10-2017, 02:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by 2blackcats

Ha, came to say this. (well, without the gender part)

Life is Strange is not a "gender exclusive" game, but from my experience I can say that women love it. One of my friends has this as the only platinum in her collection (and it's not "automatic" one like the Telltale games, requires some effort to get all the photos).
purseowner
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(07-10-2017, 02:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tommi84

CTRL+F, Knack. 'Phrase not found'

I'm disappointed, GAF.

Why would you start a newcomer off on a hardcore game
Auctopus
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(07-10-2017, 02:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tommi84

CTRL+F, Knack. 'Phrase not found'

I'm disappointed, GAF.

If you gave Knack to a first-time gamer, everything they played for the rest of their life after would feel pointless.
TheRedSnifit
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(07-10-2017, 02:35 PM)
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Does Mario Kart 8 Deluxe count?
Royce McCutcheon
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(07-10-2017, 02:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by TheRedSnifit

Does Mario Kart 8 Deluxe count?

It's current gen ain't it.
Greddleok
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(07-10-2017, 02:36 PM)

Originally Posted by NintendosBooger

DA:I was your GF's first ever video game?

No, her first was SIMS, then SIMS 2, SIMS 3. Also stuff like tetris and bejewelled. DA:I was her first console game.
bjork
(07-10-2017, 02:36 PM)
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Everything

then when they were like "why are these animals rolling at 90 degree angles what is this" I would just go "shhh" and quietly leave.
Mohasus
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(07-10-2017, 02:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Royce McCutcheon

My 9 year old cousin made it through that game almost completely melee, so I don't think my mom would have any difficulties.

I thought Portal 2 would be an easy game to play co-op with my gf.
Turns out twin sticks are kinda alien for people who aren't used to them.
Pretty envious of those with SOs who're willing to try new AAA games.

My spouse can't do open-world stuff, or adventure games really. She loves puzzles. If a challenge isn't presented in front of her to solve right then and there, she gets bored. Item management, walking around, dialogue and the such turn her off immediately.
chandoog
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(07-10-2017, 02:50 PM)
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Horizon ZD. Great new IP so no previous baggage. Game has a very good self-contained story so you don't need to rely on external sources to fill you in. Adjustable difficulties for newbies and game play mechanics easy enough that anyone can get a hold of them after a little trial and error.

And the fact that it's easily the best looking console game out there right now helps establish the visual cred to a first time player.

If the person you're introducing gaming to isn't into open world mechanics..

Until dawn. Practically a teenage slasher movie turned into a video game. Some really good performances and character models that can often be mistaken for real actors under the right lighting circumstances.
Caronte
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(07-10-2017, 02:52 PM)
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Hearthstone. It'll teach them the valuable lesson that life is not fair.
leehom
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(07-10-2017, 02:53 PM)
Dark Souls or Bloodborne
peppers
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(07-10-2017, 02:53 PM)
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I've always thought the opening scene (the first 45 minutes) of Bioshock Infinite was something great to show people that aren't into videogames.
meerak
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(07-10-2017, 02:57 PM)
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Overcooked has been a huge success with 1st timers for me.
Give War A Chance
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(07-10-2017, 02:57 PM)
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Stardew Valley
Minecraft
Night in the Woods
Oxenfree

These come to mind first
Disgraced
(07-10-2017, 02:57 PM)
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The games I started my fourteen year-old sister with are Halo 3 co-op, MGS3, and Portal. She dug those.

Although to an adult, I might start with your good Telltale series like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us or something like Until Dawn. Those I always hear are good choices for this kind of thing.
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Vic20
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(07-10-2017, 02:58 PM)
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Breath of the Wild
Fournier
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(07-10-2017, 02:58 PM)
If she/he likes motor racing, absolutely Driveclub. It will blow her/his mind.
red731
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(07-10-2017, 02:58 PM)
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Dead Cells

run rip repeat
Vanillalite
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(07-10-2017, 02:59 PM)
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Mario Kart
Minecraft
Puyo Puyo Tetris

Basically a shit ton of Nintendo stuff or games on Nintendo platforms.
jdmonmou
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(07-10-2017, 02:59 PM)
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Jackbox Party Pack
astroturfing
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(07-10-2017, 02:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by leehom

Dark Souls or Bloodborne

eheheh very funny.

hmm i'd say RE7 in VR. it would make an impression.
*Splinter
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(07-10-2017, 03:00 PM)
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I think the nice thing about the FF15 thread was that she was thrown in at the deep end and persevered long enough to get into the game (and eventually beat it).

I'd want to do the same, but OTOH most of the time that probably wouldn't work out so well.

So I dunno, maybe something like Uncharted (4)? Standard gaming elements, but with a cinematic bent to keep the player engaged long enough to get a feel for gameplay.

An RPG is another step up in terms of complexity and assumed outside knowledge, but maybe the Witcher 3 could work (combat is simple enough).

I don't think I'd choose the Witness. It's a great game and I love it, but I think you would need prior experience of "gaming" to appreciate what the Witness does differently. Otherwise it's a bunch of grid-based puzzles with some tedious walking in between.

Edit: The Last of Us. Better story than U4 and not a sequel. Adds crafting but still less complex than RPGs.
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Edammer
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(07-10-2017, 03:00 PM)
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Originally Posted by leehom

Dark Souls or Bloodborne

Yeah this. Let them feel the struggle

Let them fight OoK and laugh everytime they die and tell them they are wack and this is the most easiest boss in all games. Once they beat it they got balls of steel and prepared to get in any game.
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whatever6352
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(07-10-2017, 03:00 PM)
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Depending on the person it would be Horizon Zero Dawn, Until Dawn, or Uncharted 4.
shandy706
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(07-10-2017, 03:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Skilletor

Horizon

Amazing graphics, great gameplay, and robot dinosaur-ish things. What's not to love?

You expect a first time gamer to grasp Horizon?!

That's hilarious.

Lets start with something like Minecraft, or some multiplayer offline Call of Duty to at least get them use to moving and using a controller.

Are people paying attention to the title?

Also, Bishock seems like an awful way to start out...lol.
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SillyEskimo
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(07-10-2017, 03:03 PM)
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Something I could play with them.

World of WarCraft would be a great starter game IMO.
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(07-10-2017, 03:03 PM)
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Uncharted 1. Then continue onward.


Or Last of Us.

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